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Revelation 12:2

ESV She was pregnant and was crying out in birth pains and the agony of giving birth.
NIV She was pregnant and cried out in pain as she was about to give birth.
NASB and she was pregnant and she *cried out, being in labor and in pain to give birth.
CSB She was pregnant and cried out in labor and agony as she was about to give birth.
NLT She was pregnant, and she cried out because of her labor pains and the agony of giving birth.
KJV And she being with child cried, travailing in birth, and pained to be delivered.

What does Revelation 12:2 mean?

John records that the woman who appeared in the sign in heaven was crying out in pain. She was experiencing the trauma of giving birth. We learn from verse 5 that the child is appointed to rule the nations. This statement is a clear reference to Jesus Christ. Isaiah prophesied the birth of Christ in Isaiah 7:14: "Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel [God with us]."

Isaiah 66:7 predicts that the woman would deliver a son before her pain came upon her. This prediction seems to refer to the fact that Israel would bring forth Christ before the painful tribulation period. Israel's refusal to accept Christ, the Messiah, will bring the nation unprecedented pain in the tribulation. First Thessalonians 5:3 alludes to the painful tribulation by noting: "While people are saying, 'There is peace and security,' then sudden destruction will come upon them as labor pains come upon a pregnant woman, and they will not escape."
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